Vontaze Burfict and the Cincinnati Bengals have received some clarity regarding the Pro Bowl linebacker’s suspension.
The NFL outlined the guidelines to what Burfict can and can’t do during his three week hiatus from football.
Burfict’s suspension officially started on Saturday when the team placed the fifth-year linebacker on the reserve/suspended commissioner list.
According to the NFL, Burfict is not permitted to attend team meetings and functions, attend or watch practices, appear at the club’s facilities for any reason, attend press conferences, appear at the team’s games for the length of the suspension or have contact with any club personnel except to arrange off-site medical treatment or rehabilitation.
Basically the linebacker is on his own for the first three weeks. He can, however, go spend time with his sister during his time away from football.
When asked about Burfict’s suspension over the weekend, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis didn’t want to speak on the matter.
“We’re not going to discuss that. We’re not going to discuss what Vontaze can and can’t do. That’s personal to him and us and will be kept that way,” Lewis said, per The Enquirer. “I’m not going to talk about anything to do with Vontaze. He’s no longer on the football team right now.”
Without Burfict in the lineup, the Bengals lose one of their best defensive players. The linebacker registered 74 tackles, one sack and two interceptions last season.